Romancing the Werewolf Cover Art Is Here & It’s Adorable! (Gail Carriger New Supernatural Society Novella)

Posted by Gail Carriger

My darling gentle reader I am delighted to announce the cover art for Romancing the Werewolf!

Cover photo © Jim Vetter Photography, assembled by the amazing Starla Huchton.

Man I didn’t make it easy on Starla this time! Although I gave her the most adorable boys to work with, (Aren’t they the cutest? Thank you Jim!) the rest of her dossier on this cover was rough. (Yes, there is a reason Lyall’s hair is long.)

I wanted this cover to say “cozy” and “holidays” as well as all the usual Gail stuff. I wanted red (which can cause some issues, as red & black are hard on the eyes) and it needed to tie to the other book in this series: Romancing the Inventor.

Didn’t she do the most wonderful job?

I just adore this cover. Looking at it makes me smile like a mad woman. I’m really hoping that reading it has the same effect.

For those who have asked, Lyall is wearing a Dark Garden corset waistcoat called the Beau Brummell.

Coming November 5, 2017!

Here’s the official blurb:

Werewolf in trouble…

Biffy, newly minted Alpha of the London Pack, is not having a good Christmas. His Beta abandoned him, his werewolves object to his curtain choices, and someone keeps leaving babies on his doorstep.

Professor Randolph Lyall returns home to London after twenty years abroad, afraid of what he might find. With his pack in chaos and his Alpha in crisis, it will take all his Beta efficiency to set everything to rights. Perhaps, in the process, he may even determine how to mend his own heart.

Yours in mad smiles,

Miss Gail

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for September 2017 is The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip.}


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Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger will be available in digital form on Nov 5th (print & audio to follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Etiquette of the Victorian Handshake: Advice on Opposite Sex Greetings

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Tempest in a Bestseller List

Book News:

noel 2011 reduita (Biffy & Lyall shifted, fan art)

Quote of the Day:

“Michel could have been a fairy, if not for the martinis sometimes required to keep the sorrow from his eyes.”

~ R. Cooper (The Firebird and Other Stories)

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? There’s a wiki for that!

2 New Parasolverse Novellas: Romancing the Werewolf & How to Marry a Werewolf

Posted by Gail Carriger

Those of you, Gentle Readers, who pay very close attention to my blog post footers have noticed a change since I returned from my latest writing retreat.

I thought, perhaps, you’d like additional insight on my upcoming Parasolverse indie projects…

From ace-artemis-fanartist

What the footer says about Romancing The Werewolf:

What’s up with this one?

November release barring outright catastrophe. I have the photo for the cover already. Have my eye on a narrator, not sure if he’ll be willing.

Want to know more about the story?

Romancing the Werewolf tells the long awaited reunion of Biffy & Lyall and features Greenwich, wassail, and a very strange series of seasonal offerings.


What the footer says about How to Marry a Werewolf:

What’s up with this one?

This story will be set chronologically after Competence, so I will probably release it after that book, sometime in 2018. (Although the two are not tied together.) For this novella I turned my hand to a classic regency (style) romance meets The Buccaneers.

Want to know more about the story?

Sneak peek opening lines…

When a young American lady of good standing is indiscreet, kind parents retire her quietly to the country with a maiden aunt and a modest stipend. Faith’s parents decided to marry her off to a werewolf.


The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?


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1898-1899 Collection Galleria del Costume di Palazzo via OMG that dress!

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

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Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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Quote of the Day:

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

~ Harper Lee

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? There’s a wiki for that!

Queer Characters? Blame Mercedes Lackey, Behind The Supernatural Society (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Back when I was first transitioning into reading adult books, Gentle Reader, it was pretty natural to cross from children’s fantasy (there was no YA as a category back then) into adult fantasy via Mercedes Lackey. (I still hold that Arrows is, in fact, YA. It simply has never been packaged that way. Silly marketing.)

Queer Characters Blame Mercedes Lackey

For me that transition went pretty smoothly because, well… girls and soul bonded horses. I know, but in case you never guessed, I’ve always been a super girly girl (aside from being totally not squeamish about bugs and food and dirt and climbing anything that will stand still long enough for me to get up it and… where was I?)

Oh yes, so child Gail began reading adult books because white horses with purple eyes on cover.


I don’t know that I have a pithy place I am going with this post. I guess I’m writing it because I get asked a lot:

Why do you include gay characters in your books?

I find the question confusing.

Like, Gail, why do you include food in your books? Or descriptions of dresses? Or fragment sentences? It’s part of my DNA as a writer. My world view.

My world.

But that also seems to trivialize the whole darn thing.


I think a better question is, why on earth would I not?

Mercedes Lackey always inhabits her work with gay and lesbian characters. They are not always central characters, as they are the Last Herald Mage series, but they are always there.

Keep reading Lackey and you end up with poly relationships. Gail, age 14 thought Knight of Ghosts and Shadows had the most romantic ending of any book EVER, and kinda still does.) All these relationships are presented in a supportive light. Which made perfect sense to child Gail with all her Berkeley and San Francisco poet, artist, dancer, musician aunties and uncles (and uncles who were also aunties).


Since then, I’m lucky enough to have socialized with Mercedes on a few occasions as a grown up professional author (and she is just as warm and wonderful as you might hope).

Lackey Queer by Ursula Vernon @ursulav on twitter

By the amazing Ursula Vernon @ursulav on twitter

Gail is a Fan Girl

I’m afraid when I first met her, my friend Lauren and I rather fan-girled all over her. Almost entirely because we wanted to impress upon her the fact that her books were so very important because they gave us a model of fantasy that included alternate sexuality.

As she went to pains to point out, there were other genre authors doing this before her. But those authors were generally less accessible to young women.

Her books were/are important because in them queer wasn’t a big deal. It just was. And so when Lauren and I began to write it just was for us, too.


And that, my darlings, is a powerful instrument of change.

So there it is, the answer to your question of why, is essentially…

blame Mercedes Lackey.

Your (still a) fan girl,

Miss Gail

Books by moi with queer MAIN characters

(Everything I write has queer representation in some form, but these have the most.)

The Supernatural Society Series

The San Andreas Shifter Series 


Curious Case 

5th Gender

The Omega Objection San Andreas Shifters

Other Peoples Thoughts


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1872 Fashion plate via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

1872 Fashion plate via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

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How to Create an Anthology

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Fan Art Lefoux by Cara Powers

Fan Art Lefoux by Cara Powers

Quote of the Day:

“There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”

~ Oscar Wilde

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!

Soulless Manga Art Launch ~ Professor Lyall (Behind the Magic of the Parasol Protectorate)

Posted by Gail Carriger


Today we have the initial sketches for Professor Randolph Lyall!

Professor Lyall, the Beta in question, was a slight, sandy-haired gentleman of indeterminate age and pleasant disposition, as agreeable, in fact, as his Alpha was sour. He grinned at her and doffed his hat, which was of first class design and sensible material. His cravat was similarly subtle for, while it was tied expertly, the knot was a humble one.

~ from Soulless

My manga artist’s name is Rem. The Soulless manga is coming out via Yen Press. It launches officially at Comic Con in San Diego July 21. It will be available serialized in Yen Plus, a monthly online anthology. starting July 11, and as a full book next spring!

Want more behind the scenes sneak peeks? Join the Chirrup

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“Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order.”
~ Okakura Kakuzo

Professor Randolph Lyall, Character Study (Special Extras)

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“Professor Lyall, the Beta in question, was a slight, sandy-haired gentleman of indeterminate age and pleasant disposition, as agreeable, in fact, as his Alpha was sour. He grinned at her and doffed his hat, which was of first class design and sensible material. His cravat was similarly subtle for, while it was tied expertly, the knot was a humble one.”
~ from Soulless

“There was an awful thud of fur-covered flesh, and the two scrabbled against one another, claws and teeth ripping. The white wolf was bigger, but it presently became clear that the smaller wolf possessed greater speed and cunning. He used the other’s size against him. In a matter of moments, the smaller wolf had twisted about and taken a clean firm death grip on Major Channing’s throat.”

~ from Changeless

Professor Lyall looked modestly proud. “I am considered a bit of an expert on the procreative practices of Ovis orientalis aries.”
~ from Blameless

“Well, given the general foulness of food while floating, that could simply have been a coincidence.” Professor Lyall removed his spectacles and began to clean the clear lenses with a spotless white handkerchief.
“Oh, Professor Lyall, are you making a funny? It doesn’t suit you.”

~ teaser from Heartless

Original Notes
Angular vulpine face
Sandy hair
Hazel eyes
Fond of steampunk gadgetry, often tinkering with soem new invention
Has been Beta to three Alphas
Older than any other Woolsey Pack member
c. 300 years old or so
Waistcoat of plenty
Lt. Colonel in Coldsteam Guards of 50 years
Lord Akeldama calls him Dolly

Pale yellow eyes
Sandy Fur
Small & fox like
Very quick and cunning
Hates to fight
“Best nose of any of us.”

Professor Lyall is a bit of an enigma. His motives, however, are clear, he will do anything for the pack he loves.

Here is a collection of images that remind me of Professor Lyall.

Quote of the Day:

“Tea has been one of saviors of mankind. I verily believe that, but for the introduction of tea and coffee, Europe might have drunk itself to death.”

~ Sir James Crichton-Browne

Book to read if you love Lyall:

Romancing The Werewolf Free PDF

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